Summer Reading Progress

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

I finished "My Sister's Keeper" by Jodi Picoult yesterday (sobbing on the couch). Every person I've spoken to since I've finished it (started it, actually), I've figured out a way to bring up this book. It was so good. It's about a family that has a young daughter diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia and they conceive a child artificially who's genetically matched to the daughter in such a way that she is the perfect donor (blood, bone marrow, cord blood, etc...). This second daughter spends her whole life living according to her sister; everytime the sick daughter is in the hospital, the younger daughter ends up there as well. She's limited in what she can do, what sports she can play, when she can travel, until she sues her parents when she's thirteen for medical emancipation. This way, her parents no longer have control over whether or not she is a donor for her sister. The book follows the trial and the impact it has on the family, as well as flashes back to the difficult decisions the family has been faced with over the years, including the impact having a sick child has on a marriage and on siblings. Each chapter is written from the perspective of a different character, which takes such talent, I think. To have so many first person perspectives and different view points and write each character so well. The moral and ethical dillemmas are tough social issues to deal with and so interesting at the same time. Everyone read it, especially if you're a sister, but even if you're not. I loved it.

Since I'm spending some time in Savannah this week at the beach and on the boat, I'm onto the Nicholas Sparks book which is almost always set with a marshy Carolina backdrop.

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